Cancel Seaworld Float in Major Holiday Parade

Target: SeaWorld

Goal: Remove support for SeaWorld and its animal cruelty from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

SeaWorld has a long and colorful history of animal abuse.  Whistleblowers have reported that SeaWorld uses inhumane methods of capturing animals, and then confines the animals to such small space that theys are psychologically traumatized.  For these reasons, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has imposed the maximum fine against SeaWorld for willfully violating federal law.  Macy’s is promoting this reckless behavior by hosting a SeaWorld float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Macy’s must cancel the float to send a message to SeaWorld that the public does not endorse cruel treatment of animals.

According to, SeaWorld is responsible for countless instances of animal cruelty.  For example, during Shamu’s capture, her mother was shot with a harpoon and killed before the young orca’s eyes. SeaWorld continued to encourage teams of humans to slaughter orcas, and “at one point, hired divers to slit open the bellies of four orcas, fill them with rocks, put anchors around their tails, and sink them to the bottom of the ocean so that their deaths would not be discovered.”

SeaWorld continues to endanger animals: Scientific studies strongly suggest that dolphins in close proximity to humans experience extreme stress, “preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.” Yet, SeaWorld encourages  guests to swim with dolphins.  This practice causes extreme psychological torture for the captive dolphins.  Furthermore, all captive male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins as adults.  Although SeaWorld claims that this condition is common, collapsed dorsal fins are signal an unhealthy living environment and are present in only 1 to 5% of most groups of wild male orcas. Not to mention, according to PETA, SeaWorld’s own records reveal that over one hundred trainers have been attacked by captive, angry orcas.

Macy’s must cancel any encouragement of these cruel practices. Sign the petition below to demand that Macy’s remove the SeaWorld float from the Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Dear Macy’s:

We are disappointed to hear that you will have a SeaWorld float in your upcoming parade.  Countless whistleblowers have reported about how SeaWorld cruelly captures and imprisons animals in inhumane conditions.  SeaWorld has ruthlessly slaughtered orcas in the wild and has been documented as continuing to keep animals in unsuitable environments.  For one example, scientific studies strongly suggest that dolphins in close proximity to humans experience extreme stress, “preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.” Yet, SeaWorld encourages  guests to swim with dolphins.  Further, these practices endanger humans.  Over one hundred trainers have been killed by disgruntled, captive orcas.

What seems like a fun amusement park actually houses a world or animal cruelty.  We urge you to remove SeaWorld from you parade.


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  1. Why stop at holiday float. Assuming that the float is stopped, the cruelty continues. If all the facts are true, the public should be aware of it.

    The public can solve this problem very fast by encourage each other to stop visiting Sea World.

  2. When I contacted Macy’s directly in Oct. 2013 about this matter, they replied:
    “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is intended to entertain the public. Our newest float with SeaWorld is being included in the 2013 Parade line-up, to illustrate the wonder of sea life in a manner that inspires millions to learn more about our oceans. While we understand that there may be differing views about this float, no other message or endorsement is intended. Great family entertainment is the sole focus of this float and of the Parade in general.
    Corporate Communications
    Macy’s, Inc.”

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